My Journey

My passion for helping others pushed me to take a leap of faith and pursue a career as a fitness professional. I am dedicated to inspiring and empowering you to take important steps towards adopting a healthy lifestyle.

My love for fitness and exercise started when I went to college and met my husband, Kyle.  Kyle was a regular gym-goer and introduced me to strength training and cardio.  He showed me how to use the equipment at the campus fitness center and helped me develop workouts.  I started to see the positive impact exercise had on my body. I noticed muscle definition on my arms and legs and an increase in my confidence and energy level.

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When I graduated from college with a degree in Marketing and Accounting, I pursued a career in public accounting.  Careers in public accounting generally have a period of the year, mostly January through April, in which you work very long days and often weekends.  Because of those very long days,  there also comes the tendency to put your health on the back burner.

I tried my best to stay active and make wise food choices during my work week but it was difficult.  Many nights I would come home, completely exhausted, and wanted to plop my butt on the couch. Because I knew how important exercise was to my physical and mental well-being, I pushed through my exhaustion and squeezed in a quick, efficient workout.

I continued along the public accounting career path for 4 years until I gave birth to my twin girls in October 2006.  After my maternity leave was over I struggled with returning to work and discussed with my employer the option to have me work from home in a different department.  Fortunately, they were willing to work with me and I spent the next  5 years of my career working part-time from home.  Working from home allowed me to spend time with my girls yet still maintain my professional career.  I continued to dedicate time to exercise, often squeezing in quick workouts from our home gym while the girls napped.

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Looking for a change, in October 2011 my career in public accounting, as well as my part-time work-at-home arrangement, came to an end as I took a new position in the accounting department of a large, global corporation.  I’m not going to lie, transitioning to a full-time working mom was challenging!  I was having trouble balancing all of the demands on my time while still being able to enjoy the activities I loved.  I found that exercising in the morning before work was best for my schedule.  I continued to make fitness a priority in my life so that I could be a better mom, wife and professional.

After several months on the job, I did not have the feelings of satisfaction and enjoyment that I had hoped for when deciding to pursue this new opportunity.  I expressed my concerns and dissatisfaction to Kyle and we had a long discussion about my career path and what I could do to get the feeling of satisfaction I was desperately craving.  I thought long and hard about my passions and interests and quickly realized that a career in health and fitness would be a great fit for me.

I decided to pursue a personal training certification and successfully passed the ACE Certified Personal Trainer exam in April 2013.  In June 2013 I was able to quit my corporate accounting job and accept a position at Burn30 Personal Fitness, a local personal training studio. I have worked with a variety of clients at Burn30 and helped them to see the benefits of a lifestyle that includes regular exercise and healthy eating habits.

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As a former working professional woman, I know how hard it is to fit exercise into your busy schedule.  I also know how hard it is to maintain healthy eating habits while fulfilling your career and personal obligations.  Making yourself a priority is extremely important for your mental and physical wellbeing.  Physical activity and proper nutrition will go a long way in helping you to lead a confident and productive life.

In addition to in-person training, I also provide an online boot camp, VIP one-on-one personal training, and nutrition consulting services.  To learn more about the services I offer please use the form below to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.

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    Jessica - June 16, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your journey! I am also considering an eventual career change and am currently studying for the ACSM certification. I appreciate learning from the paths of others!

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